Last Man Down: A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center

Last Man Down: A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center

by Richard Picciotto, Daniel Paisner
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Last Man Down: A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center by Richard Picciotto, Daniel Paisner

On September 11, 2001, FDNY Battalion Chief Richard "Pitch" Picciotto answered the call heard around the world. In minutes he was at Ground Zero of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, as the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center began to burnand then to buckle. A veteran of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, Picciotto was eerily familiar with the inside of the North Tower. And it was there that he concentrated his rescue efforts. It was in its smoky stairwells where he heard and felt the South Tower collapse. Where he made the call for firemen and rescue workers to evacuate, while he stayed behind with a skeleton team of men to help evacuate a group of disabled and infirm civilians. And it was in the rubble of the North Tower where Picciotto found himself buriedfor more than four hours after the building's collapse.

This is the harrowing true story of a true American hero, a man who thought nothing of himselfand gave nearly everything for others during one of New York City'sand the country'sdarkest hours.

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ISBN-13: 9781101220757
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2003
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 184,499
File size: 712 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Battalion Commander Richard Picciotto was the highest-ranking firefighter to survive the collapse of the World Trade Center. He is a twenty-eight year veteran of the New York City Fire Department. For the past nine years, he has presided over FDNY's Battalion 11, covering Manhattan's Upper West Side.

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Last Man Down; A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Last Man Down" is the story of a group of fireman who survive the collapse of the north tower of the World Trade Center. The story narrated by Richard Picciotto gets into on what really happened on September 11th, 2001. Picciotto lets readers know everything that happened to him and his group on that day. The story puts readers on edge. Once you read the first chapter, you will most likely be hooked. The firefighters are in a race for their lives as the World Trade Center is near collapse. Richard Picciotto lived to tell his experience of 9/11. I recommend this book to anyone that likes learning about America
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. It keeps you interested the whole time. Being a Firefighter in NC it relates back alot to everyday calls and life. Great book, I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a current firefighter I found this book answered many of my questions I had about the events surrounding the World Trade Center's collapse. Coming from a firefighting family, the events of that day are talked about often around my house. This book gave me a better understanding of what it was like in those times of distress. Richard Picciotto give examples that he encountered that day and it had a very emotional toll on me because of the way I can realate to the feeling of losing loved ones in fire situations. This is by far the best book I have ever read relating to firefighting and will continue to be my number one of all time for a great while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After the towers fell NY was never the same and neither was the firefighting family. The 343 Brothers and sisters lost on that day effected not only the FDNY but also the volunteer community on Long Island. Reading Cheif Piccioto's view from inside the towers made me remember how numerous firefighters in not only my department but departments from LI to Staten Island were effected by the loss. Reading this book makes me remember the numerous wakes and funerals on Long Island because of the 343 lost. God Bless and Rest their souls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though I am an EMT-Basic from Michigan, this book brings tears to my eyes every time I read it because this book shows how human we all are and that they had hope when a lot of things had conspired against them. I think that it also shows that no matter what, firefighters show a lot of compassion in a world where public safety personnel are sometimes seen as idiots and jerks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am currently a firefighter In Rhode Island And I read this book many of times because I was so impressed in how this cheif wrote this book..It explains how many firefighters feel and act when responding to a call... I highly recommend this novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am trying to become a Firefighter and i wanted to read some storys. And i came along this book, its great i love it i am reading it for the 6th time it just gets better and better each time you read it . It good for people that are wanting to be a firefighter it puts you right in there its great please get it and read it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Richard Picciotto, an experienced FDNY batallion commander, had worked his way up to the 35th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center when the South Tower collapsed. Here he describes what it was like for him and his men to evacuate the building and rescue numerous people--until the North Tower came down around them. Picciotto--'Pitch'--was one of the lucky few to survive the World Trade Center destruction to live and tell about it. His insider view and slightly salty language help turn the horrific disaster into a personalized and engrossing page-turner. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Last Man down is a spectacular and detailed account of what happened inside the north tower and around the scene of the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001. The story follows retired FDNY Battalion commander Richard Picciotto and a team of firefighters through the crowds and onto ground zero. The account of his experiences is so riveting because it is a new way to look at the attacks: from the perspective of those inside the building. This in-depth look inside the rescue effort was very detailed and precise. It was made even more original by the rough and unrefined speaking style that the author used in the book. The major theme that I carried out of this book was perseverance and the will to keep moving forward to achieve a greater purpose. This book would make an excellent movie due to the highly tense and frequent high stress situations of Mr. Picciotto, and all others in the tower for that matter. There was a lot to like about this book, and I only have one complaint. The authors Egotism was sprinkled everywhere. This is a shame because it masks the true message of the book: Our countries brave service members who all risked their lives that day, not just Mr. Picciotto and his individual contributions. Despite this, it was still an excellent story of hardship and triumph that is very hard to put down. I would recommend it to everyone!
ConnerC More than 1 year ago
The terrorist  attacks of 9/11 are the worst event on American soil and yet so many people know little to nothing about it.  Luckily enough, this book presents a solution to that problem.  Last Man Down by RIchard Picciotto is a memoir about his specific experience and heroism.  Picciotto, also refered to as Pitch, is a high ranking firefighter in the New York Fire Department, or NYFD.  After his time in the department was over, he decided to write a book to share his story with the world.  This book is a great example that service, and helping others is one main reason that our society and our race can survive. This memoir provides insight to what was actually happening inside the North Tower not just what we have seen on television.  The shock and awe that these firefighters felt when they were trapped and finally made their  out is conveyed like never before.  Never before did we know that the wreckage was worse the people inside could ever have imagined or the noise with which the towers came down.  This book is truly eye opening and inspiring learning what these brave individuals went through and learning about  mentality of a firefighter because it puts the events into perspective and puts our own problems into perspecitve.  This book made me realize both how small my problems really are and also that there is never a point where a person is able to say that they've helped people too much.  This book has inspired me to be a better person in my community also everwhere in the world because those firefighters were ordinary people like me who went above and beyond.  The firefighters like Picciotto were willing to risk their lives for complete strangers and the rest of us should be willing to do the same.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is freaking awesome. I accedently lost my book but the librarian kept it for one night and let another student take it wich is really fustrading cuz i was almost done with the freaking book!!!! Now I have to buy it to finish reading cuz my elar teacher wants a project out of it.......uh-oh (;-;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How long is this book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Sometimes the writer goes into much details or repeats himself alot. This book is great otherwise, i would suggest anyone to read this.
SjaB53 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic writing by a very courageous man !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good unable to put it dowm
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